Casio extends Exilim digicam to four megapixels

Plus Fujitsu's new Athlon XP-M notebook

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Digicam

Casio yesterday updated its Exilim slimline camera family with the EX-Z4U. The new model brings a four megapixel CCD capable of taking pictures up to 2304 x 1728 to the Exilim line-up.

The EX-Z4U also features a 3x optical zoom Pentax lens and new audio snapshot and voice recording capabilities. There's also a built-in speaker for sound playback.

Casio points out the camera's speed: 1.6 seconds to start it up (longer if the flash is enabled) and just a hundredth of a second to lock off the auto focus and expose the CCD. Again, that's with the flash and 2in LCD monitor turned off - picture time is longer with them turned on. The EX-Z4U also offers a fast playback mode that zips through all your shots at a speed of 0.1s per image.

The Exilim measures 8.5 x 5.5 x 2.3cm (3.4 x 2.2 x 0.9in), so it's narrower than the slimline Cybershot DSC-T1 Sony launched last week, but thicker. The Casio is lighter: 4.6oz to the Sony's 5.5oz.

The EX-Z4U is available in the US for $400.

Notebook

Fujitsu has added an AMD Low-voltage Athlon XP-M 2000+ processor option to its Lifebook S2000 notebook.

The S2000 sports a 13.3in display powered by the machine's chipset-integrated graphics. The notebook uses 266MHz DDR SDRAM, and can be configured with up to 1GB of it using two DIMM slots. 30, 40 or 60GB hard drives are on offer. The notebook's storage bay can take a variety of optical drives or an extra battery.

The S2000 ships with two USB 2.0 ports, and 1394, external monitor and infrared connectors. There's a 10/100Mbps Ethernet port and a 56Kbps modem built in, and 802.11b and g cards are available as optional extras.

The notebook weighs 2kg (4.3lb) with a DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive installed, or 1.8kg (3.9lb) with just empty space in the storage bay. The computer measures 28.8 x 23.3 x 3.5cm (11.5 x 9.3 x 1.4in).

Available now, prices start at $1199. ®